After a five-year cycle of the fourth generation, Honda presents the seventh generation All New Honda City which is now more sporty, powerful, but more efficient. With these three assets, will the new generation of Honda City continue its successful predecessor in the Asian market?
Honda City was first introduced in 1981 for the Japanese market. And when entering the third generation SX8 (1996-2002) Honda City was placed just below the Honda Civic and was devoted to countries in Asia and countries in other parts of the world such as Brazil and Mexico.
Carrying a compact body, excellent fuel efficiency, and an affordable price, Honda City is one of the best-selling models in Asia, especially in Thailand, which is the center of production of this compact sedan. So no wonder, the All New Honda City, which is the seventh generation (or fifth generation sold in Asia) was introduced for the first time in the country.
The All New Honda City is an evolution of an urban sedan compared to its predecessor, or maybe a class sedan. Starting from a new engine that is more powerful but more efficient, and the body design is more sporty.
The exterior of the All New Honda City
Once we see it, we can immediately see the similarity of the front fascia design of the All New Honda City with other Honda models, such as, the Honda Civic. This, of course, cannot be separated from the design style of the Solid Wing Face which is currently becoming the reference design for Honda cars today.
Apart from the thick front fascia design with the characteristics of Honda, in general, the design of the All New Honda City looks firmer. This can be seen from the large headlamps with projector technology, although not yet of LED type, which is added with DRL, a large new grille with silver finishing, plus air holes underneath it with a horizontal design.
As for the more sporty variant of the RS, the grille is given a black finish with an air hole design made to resemble a net, and there is an extra fog lamp on the highest trim of the All New Honda City. The lamp used for the most expensive variant of this type is also LED.
Turning to the side, the design of the All New Honda City looks clean but quite sporty with two lines pulling from front to back. The first, we can see at the top where the longitudinal line that firmly connects between the headlights and rear lights. Another one is at the bottom, where the line starts from behind the front fender, going up to the rear bumper.
Here, we can begin to see the characteristics of Honda in the All New Honda City, starting from the B pillar black-out, the design of the fat D pillar by adopting a Hoffmeister kink that is almost close to the design of BMW, and a long rear overhang.
Dimensionally, the seventh generation of Honda City is now 113 mm longer, 53 mm wider, and 10 mm shorter. For the rims used, Honda provides two size choices, 15 and 16 inches.
Turning to the back, we can immediately find out that this is a Honda City from the design of a small luggage door. But in general, the back of the All New Honda City is much different from its predecessor, this is due to the horizontal rear light design with LEDs that give a modern and aggressive impression.
The rear bumper design also now seems to be filled with a lot of curve lines at the bottom. Starting from the curved line that connects the right and left taillights, and the placement of the reflector on the side that makes the bumper proportion seem wider.
The interior of the All New Honda City
Entering the inside, the All New Honda City carries a new dashboard design that is simpler. There are no strange curves, everything is made clean by placing the AC button, ventilation, and other regulating buttons according to the place and function.
With the dominance of the physical buttons on the latest generation City dashboard, the driver will more easily run various functions of the car without having to be divided into focus. Turning to the driver, the design looks as simple as a car dashboard. For the SV variant that we are currently reviewing, the steering wheel used only has a steering switch control to control audio and Bluetooth telephony, then where is the cruise control button?
You will find the button near the instrument cluster, which is opposite the engine start/stop button. A little troublesome indeed, but for the RS variant laying cruise control regulators at the wheel, and also added a 7-speed paddle-shift that does not exist in the variants below.
For the choice of seats, All New Honda City gets two materials namely the combination of leather and fabric and full-fabric. Although the wheelbase is 11mm shorter, in fact, legroom for rear passengers is better. This is due to the use of the same platform as the latest generation of Honda Jazz.
Basically, this seventh-generation Honda City can accommodate five adult passengers freely, certainly not apart from the presence of a three-point seatbelt and headrests for three passengers in the middle. If the back center is not occupied, you can lower it and its role changes into an armrest with two cup holders.
Features of the All New Honda City
The All New Honda City infotainment center uses an 8-inch multimedia screen that supports Apple Car Play, Google Maps navigation, and Honda Connect. The operation of the menu is quite easy with the physical buttons placed on the right side of the screen. In connectivity, the head unit is also quite complete with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as a standard connection.
The presence of a tweeter at the front door of the car and four speakers at each driver and passenger door make sure the sound output produced by the All New Honda City audio system is enough for daily use.
For driving features, there is an auto start-stop button feature that can turn off the engine when stopping at a red light, as well as the Econ mode if you want fuel efficiency. All New Honda City also features a cruise control that helps you keep up speed while on the highway. Ease of parking is also accommodated with the presence of a multi-angle rearview camera, and Hill Start Assist to help when driving through slopes.
In addition to standard safety features such as Anti-lock Brake Distribution (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assistant (VSA), and a total of six airbags (two SRS front airbags, and two i-side airbags, and two side curtain airbags) All New Honda City also uses G-force Control Technology structure that can help lower the impact of accidents in the cabin and passengers by distributing impact energy equally to the chassis of the outside of the car.
The most interesting change from the All New Honda City is found in the engine used, which is claimed to be 33% more efficient than the normally aspirated 1,500 cc engine used in the previous generation of Honda City.
Well, the 1,000cc 3-cylinder i-VTEC DOHC 12 Valve P10A2-coded engine has been added with a BorgWarner turbo from America so that it can shoot power up to 122 HP at 5,500-rpm and 173 Nm of torque in the range of 2,000 to 4,500-rpm. This machine has also been designed in such a way as to have good volumetric efficiency.
To maximize efficiency, this latest generation Honda City engine is paired with a CVT transmission with a 7-speed paddle-shift feature. The combination of the two makes the All New Honda City meet Phase 2 Eco Car standards with emissions levels below 100 g/km and gasoline consumption of not less than 23.25 km/l.